Middle Eastern Politics and Society - POLI8109

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Yaniv Voller checkmark-circle


The module is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of politics in the Middle East. The module covers various social (e.g. identities), economic (e.g. role of natural resources) and religious (e.g. role of Islam) themes, and thus provides students with a wide-ranging perspective from which to analyse the political life of the region. Particular emphasis is placed on the nature and causes of conflict and political violence, and on the role of the state. The module also focuses on the historical development of the region as a way of helping students to understand the nature and causes of its contemporary political situation.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total hours: 200


This module is primarily designed for students on MA programmes within the School of Politics and International Relations. The module is also open to all MA students across the university.

Method of assessment

Essay 1, 2,500 words (30%)
Essay 2, 3,500 words (70%)

Reassessment methods: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

(Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)
Background readings:
MacQueen, Benjamin. An Introduction to Middle East Politics. London: Sage, 2013.
Gerges, Fawaz A (ed.). The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World. New York: Cambridge, 2013
Fawcett, Louise (ed.). International Relations of the Middle East. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Halliday, Fred. The Middle East in International Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Ayubi, Nazih N. Over-Stating the Arab State: Politics and Society in the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris, 2008.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate an advanced understanding of key features of politics in the Middle East

8.2 Undertake high-level analysis of core concepts, theories and debates relating to the outbreak and resolution of political conflict

8.3 Relate their understanding of Middle Eastern politics to theories and analyses of politics within the wider international system

8.4 Relate the concepts and findings of studies of Middle Eastern politics to core debates within the discipline at an advanced level

8.5 Understand at an advanced level the relationship between current features of Middle Eastern politics and historical developments and patterns in the region

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will:

9.1 Have a level of conceptual understanding that will allow them to critically evaluate a range of theoretical arguments found within the scholarly literature

9.2: Have a comprehensive understanding of research methods in their discipline, including an awareness of the strengths and limitations of different methods.

9.3: Be able to undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge

9.4: Be reflective and self-critical in their research work

9.5: Be able to engage in oral and written academic and professional communication with others, demonstrating skill in analysing and presenting scholarly information in the appropriate form

9.6: Have independent learning ability required for continuing professional study


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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